A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness ( All Souls #1 )

A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah HarknessAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Fantasy Novel – light on the romance

Publisher: Viking

My copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.


A witch is something Diana has never wanted to embrace being. Running through her blood is some of the most potent blood known to man and all she wants to do is run from it. When she stumbles upon an ancient manuscript her dreary life suddenly comes to a grinding halt.  Now all types of creatures are coming to look for her and without the training necessary she stand no chance of being able to defend herself.

Vampire, Matthew has been searching for this book for many centuries and now that Diana has been able to recall it he knows he must stop at nothing to get his hands on it. Only problem is that he is more interested in the witch and protecting her then he is with the actual book. Racing against time and those who wish her harm, Diana and Matthew will have to open their hearts and souls to the fantastic in order to survive.


Have you ever wondered what would happen if Twilight and Harry Potter had an adult baby? Well, look no further because A Discovery Of Witches is exactly that. This is probably one of my favorite books of 2011..and yes I finished it just in the nick of time to say that. A Discovery Of Witches has it all! Suspense, mystery, intrigue and romance.

The beginning of the book starts out a bit slow and I wasn’t sure how I was going to connect to scholar Diana. she’s extremely bright and for the first quarter of the book there is a TON of science. That was never my strong suit in school so I can admit to be a little lost in the complexity of what was written. Past that though, Diana started to grow on me. She’s smart and inquisitive and really, completely naive about her witch heritage. Choosing to run from it and create stories about her parents death that didn’t involve witchcraft. Her reality is coming slowly unwrapped, as are her powers when Matthew shows up. He can give Edward Cullen a run for his money any day….and I’m pretty sure he would kick his ass. Matthew is also extremely smart and is a doctor in his own rights. Fifteen hundred years is a long time in which to gain all kinds of knowledge in many different areas. The one thing that eludes him however, is creationism. He strives to find out how himself, witches and daemons all came into existence and Diana holds the key in her ability to call up a long lost manuscript.

When Matthew starts protecting Diana instead of trying to get the manuscript for himself things get really interesting. He crosses a line with witches, vampires and daemons that has them all out to get Diana, the power she possesses deep within her blood and the manuscript that holds the key to everyones undoing. The possessiveness Matthew portrays is heartfelt and emotionally raw. I was slept away by his tidal wave of emotions he experienced while trying not to admit to himself that he was in love with Diana and simply trying to protect her for the sake of the manuscript.

I enjoyed Diana’s slow evolution into the witch she will be become in the following books. It was a breath of fresh air to see a witch just coming into her powers and not knowing how to do or control what she has. She is a witch unlike any other in that she has the ability to do most everything imaginable. Which for the sake of this book, is unheard of.  The world building is superb and by the end of the book I was half way understanding the science behind it…which for me, is a huge feat. 🙂

There is an entire array of secondary characters that make the book so much more. From the creative daemons to Diana’s two meddling aunts there is a bit of something for everyone. I especially liked the fact that Diana’s childhood home is haunted and the house has a life of its own.  It’s very “Poltergeist” the way the house takes and returns things when it feels they are needed. Even growing extra room before guests arrive. Definitely not like anything I have read before.

A Discovery Of Witches has all the fast paced witchcraft of Harry Potter melted perfectly with the romance of Twilight and wrapped up nicely is a brilliantly written story! I can’t wait for the next book to come out later this year!!!


I give A Discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness 5 stars! 


    1. It’s slightly more sexy then Twilight…there is a bit of nakedness but its well done and Matthew is a gentleman about everything. And you don’t have to wait 4 books to get it heh. It would be okay for teens though IMO.

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